How important is Potty Training Underwear?
When I first started up with The Potty Fairy, I made “special” Potty Fairy underwear, thinking this would be a fun thing for toddlers when they potty training. We designed a PF with a crown logo and the undies were super cute. What I have learned since that time, is that children want to pick out his/her very own special potty training underwear and often times the pair of underwear they will pick-out will have a special design or character that your child relates to. Besides a potty chair, potty training underwear is the most important things to purchase prior to beginning the potty training process.
So although the PF undies are cute, most children will want to pick out underwear with characters or objects that they love. We have a Potty Fairy approved sticker for those of you who want to fully participate in The Potty Fairy enrichment to your method. Place the “Potty Fairy approved” sticker on your child’s underwear when you place them on the bed at night for the next morning when your child wakes up! Of course, they will be excited that the Potty Fairy left them during the night.
We all like choices and we want what we want and this includes little children. Choices make us feel motivated and positive about anything that we are getting involved with. When we are preparing to do something challenging, choices helps us feel in control and in charge. Giving your child the choice on what potty training underwear to select will provide that opportunity for your child and will give him/her some “buy-in” to the potty training process. Bring them shopping and it makes it a special day as you get what you need for potty training including special underwear. This will be motivating for your child.
Of course, you will want to have your child select underwear that you believe is a quality and type that you believe will work best for your child. Let them select from the ones that you approve prior to shopping and guide them through the process. Avoid diaper like training pants as a child will think they can continue to use them as a diaper! Pull-ups are not helpful in potty training as if the child has an accident, the pull-up does not make the child feel wet and your child will not feel the consequences of having an accident. Some people like training pants which are a little thicker and absorbent and training pants do not act like a diaper. The training pants are designed so that the child will feel wet and uncomfortable but will guard the child’s clothing from getting wet.
In the beginning stages of potty training you may want to let your child wear their underwear, but for overnight and long drives in the care or similar situations, you may want to put a diaper on over the underwear in case of an accident. Your child will see that they have had an accident as their new underwear is wet, but their clothing won’t need to be changed.
Training pants are different from regular underwear as they are a bit thicker and will help in case of an accident. If you decide you want to use training pants, the cloth cotton training pants are thicker than regular underwear or panties and there is extra padding in the crotch area where an accident may occur. They come in:
- a variety of colors and designs for boys and girls.
- a variety of sizes.
- very easy to pull up and down for potty training.
In addition, waterproof pull-on pants can be purchased to put over the cloth underwear in case of an accident. The waterproof pull-on pants will help protect your furniture and floors from getting wet when they do have an accident. The waterproof pull-on pants will protect should the child have an accident while on an outing, as well as during the daytime.
There are also training pants with a “pocket” opening so that you can add additional material to add additional absorbency for overnight or if traveling. Parents have told me that they believe that their child was more apt to wet their pants as they felt like diapers when using this type of underpants.
One mom even told me that her child did not train using “tighty whiteys” underwear and she felt that this style was too much like a diaper for her child. She struggled potty training her son when using “tighty whiteys” and when she put him in boxer underwear he trained quickly as there was no room for error.
Many people have concluded that training pants need to be much like real underwear in order for proper potty training to happen. This means your child should be able to pull them up and down easily. Get the cutest underwear that you can find so your child wants to wear them and so they do not want to mess them up.
Many daycares are recommending to parents to go straight to regular underwear when you are ready to potty train. Just remember that underwear is a BIG deal to a child and you want to let them pick them out.
In “The Potty Fairy” story, the potty fairies deliver the underwear at night and leave them on the bed for the child to find in the morning. This concept adds some imaginative play to the process and excitement! We all love special deliveries!The Potty Fairy